PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 

President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 

Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - WI: Criminal Justice

PHOTO: State Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) believes the worst thing about marijuana in Wisconsin is that it's illegal. She has introduced legislation to change that. Photo courtesy Rep. Sargent's office.

MADISON, Wis. - Since she introduced legislation to legalize marijuana possession and use late last month, state Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, says her phone has been ringing constantly. "The majority of the calls that we have been receiving in my office since the introduction of this bill are n

GRAPHIC: This image of a fly represents the Wisconsin Department of Justice program called

MADISON, Wis. – New statistics show another spike in heroin use in Wisconsin. And Jim Engels, special agent in charge of the Madison office of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, has seen the drug’s devastating effects. He says it has spread like wildfire across the state in the past

The Wisconsin State Patrol advises New Year's Eve motorists to use common sense and take advantage of free rides home offered by many bars and restaurants. (Photo of State Patrol patch courtesy of WI Dept. of Transportation)

DeFOREST, Wis. - New Year's Eve is a big night for partying, and a lot of people will be on the roads. Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Greg Jenswold said it has been said many times before, but it's still true: Do not get behind the wheel if you've had too much to drink. "Think about utilizing those de

PHOTO: Juvenile justice expert Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says 17-year-olds don't belong in the adult justice system. Photo used with permission.

MADISON, Wis. - In 1995, Wisconsin lawmakers decided 17-year-olds should automatically be treated as adults and tried for criminal offenses in adult court. But, 18 years later, the Second Chance Bill is moving forward, a measure that puts first-time nonviolent 17-year-olds in juvenile court instead.

Milwaukee attorney Jeff Pitman says Wisconsin's proposed version of the

MILWAUKEE – Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming around 300,000 lives each year. Milwaukee attorney Jeff Pitman says a bill in the Legislature commonly called the "I'm Sorry" bill is another blow to patients' rights in Wisconsin, which he says have been e

PHOTO: Attorney Ann Jacobs says a new state law about who's responsible for road maintenance in Wisconsin puts travelers at risk.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Since 1849, Wisconsin counties and cities have had a legal duty to maintain roads in a reasonably safe condition. However, a law passed in 2012 did away with that responsibility. Milwaukee attorney Ann Jacobs testified against the bill that changed the 1849 law. Supporters of the

PHOTO: Jim Moeser with the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, says the state should rethink its policy of trying 17-year-olds as adults.

MADISON, Wis. - Two days before Christmas, in the Forest County Jail in Crandon, a 17-year-old girl from Lac du Flambeau took her own life. She was being held on charges relating to taking a vehicle without the owner's consent. Charged as an adult, she was awaiting trial housed with adult inmates. F

GREEN BAY, Wis. - April is National Distracted Driving month, and a timely new Wisconsin law will be published on Wednesday. AB 291 prohibits drivers under 18 with probationary licenses and instruction permits from using cell phones and other wireless handheld devices. The law will take effect in No

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